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posted 26 Feb 2014, 10:00 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 26 Feb 2014, 10:10 ]
To all and sundry, just three quick points before the Carnival starts. I really believe, and still hope, that the political directorate bestow upon deceased Kitchener ‘the Order of Trinidad and Tobago’ (posthumously of course) as was received by his erstwhile contemporary, the Mighty Sparrow. I thought it was short-sighted and consider it another misstep which can be corrected. 

Secondly, I want to go on record by saying that my brother and I are ready to donate a small four figure donation towards the erection of a larger than life statue of Leroy Calliste – the Black Stalin - a statue that must meet the approval of the artiste himself, preferably for me, in full flight on stage. 

I even have a location in mind, in that I would like to see such a statue being placed in front of the Rusty Barrel pub where there is a boulder garden facing the entrance to Skinner Park, in San Fernando, a place Stalin held court for decades. Could some committee, cultural institution, radio station (hello WACK) run with the idea before the bard closes his eyes?

My third point is that if ever an institution is needed in our country, it is a union of, for and by artistes. All I can say at this point is that sooner rather than later, I will try to inveigle like minds and hearts to produce such a body for the welfare of our cultural people.
I would welcome a discussion on any one of the above points through your medium but while we dither, Calypso Bois could reign!

Anyone interested in the statue for Black Stalin project may contact Frank Sears at telephone # 681 7205